Jatasura is a promising groove / nu-metal band I discovered not long ago with their debut album, Shifting, released as a full-length album on February 26, 2021. Now, please give the album a listen while reading the rest of the article.
Debut albums, for me, have a specific mission that needs to be perceived in a specific way. I have experienced it myself, and only now I can understand everything just like the quote goes; “Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.” Shifting, in this way, is a great-sounding long-play album with 11 songs. I don’t necessarily judge anybody who decided to start their careers with a handful of singles. However, Jatasura earned our respect for doing it in a meaningful way, giving us a hint about their personalities and understanding of music. This is how all the legendary artists built their empires back in time, eventually became icons not only with their great music but mostly because of exemplifying how true artists would do things.
I listened to the album a few times on repeat before writing my review, as I usually do. First of all, I’d like to say that this is a fantastic job for a debut album with its production standards, amount of energy, approach, instrumentation, blend, compositions, and potential. Hands down. When it comes to debut albums, I mainly value musical character, elements that blended (if there’s anything genius or unique about it), the freshness of their musicality, and of course, the story in their theme.
Although the music belongs to a young band, the album was recorded and released recently, and there’s a modern approach to its making; the album surprisingly has vibes from the 2000s from the beginning to the end. This is mostly coming from the overall guitar tunings (drop d tuning if I’m not mistaken), main influences on vocals (I mostly sensed Slipknot/Corey Taylor, Limp Bizkit/Fred Durst, Korn/Jonathan Davis), along with the album sound and compositions.
The album, in general, is quite groovy and dynamic with a delicious blend of Western groove and nu-metal influences. My favorite song, for instance, is Liar, which is the most progressive song in the album, where Jatasura shows their progressive metal potential. Yet, they have decided to keep everything as simple as possible for the rest of their debut project, which is understandable. As you might also remember from some of my previous articles that I am listening to new music every day for more than five years now. Honestly, I don’t quite recall many examples of this kind of musical blend. I believe they have a good chance to evolve and make an impact in the future with their musical character. These Roman gentlemen have the necessary potential, knowledge, blend, approach, and a talented vocalist who can perform both clean and death metal growl.